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God’s do-over

Lynn Pitts
Faith Columnist

The Lord saw that the wickedness of humankind was great in the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of their hearts was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that he had made humankind on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. So the Lord said, “I will blot out from the earth the human beings I have created – people together with animals and creeping things and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

(Genesis 6:5-8 NRSV)

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Randy Smith: New commissioner is no
pretty politician

Wendy Smith
Features columnist

New third district Knox County Commissioner Randy Smith isn’t keen on giving interviews. He doesn’t have an agenda, he says, so he doesn’t have much to talk about.

But that, in itself, is something to talk about. Smith says he ran because he thought it was time that a public office was held by someone who isn’t a politician. He just wants to represent his district, and he may even be a one-term guy.

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Sanger, Rowe, Dorsey make spirited race

Victor Ashe
Government/Politics columnist

The school board contest for the vacant Indya Kincannon seat is being actively contested.

Tracie Sanger released a list of supporters with over 360 names including former county mayor Tommy Schumpert, former police chief Phil Keith, former city special events director and civic activist Sue Clancy and former school board member and close Rogero confidant Anne Woodle.

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Rage against the machine

Larry Van Guilder
Government/Politics columnist

If Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charles “Charlie” Brown didn’t exist we’d have to invent him.

Brown is an original, a putative Democrat whose hot-button issues include raising the speed limit on interstate highways, support for the National Rifle Association, increasing the deer population to benefit hunters and giving the Bible a prominent role in public education.

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Massey urges inclusion, jobs for disabled

Sandra Clark

You can hear her daddy when state Sen. Becky Massey speaks. She absolutely blew me away with her testimony before a congressional committee last week. It was a spur-of-the-moment invitation. Massey had been working with Halls residents to extend the TDOT greenway grant set to expire Sept. 30. When Mayor Tim Burchett decided to go ahead and break ground, I phoned Massey’s office with details on the Thursday ceremony.

“She can’t come,” said her assistant, Debbie Gazzaway. “She’s presenting to Congress.”

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TEA gets a win

Sandra Clark

A local case with statewide implications was overturned by the state Court of Appeals in late August, and the Union County Board of Education voted Sept. 18 not to appeal that decision.

Chancellor Andrew Tillman had ruled in favor of Union County Public Schools in a case involving a teacher who wanted his Union County Education Association representative with him when he was questioned by a supervisor about student allegations of misconduct. The supervisor refused.

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